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Where's Your Happy Place?

Do you have a "happy place"?  You know, that quiet spot, corner, place where you can stop and breathe, collect your thoughts and re-focus? When we're up in Cape York, my favorite place to visit is the 5 Beaches.  I actually don't like sand much, but driving along, weaving from the hills onto the beach and back out again into the hills causes me to stop, re-focus, and breathe.  It's like God saying to me, "See what I've made for you to enjoy!" 5 Beaches, Cape York   The 5 beaches reminds me of the Lord's promises: He Cares for me (1 Peter 5:7), even in people around me fail to care;  He is my strong tower, just as the hills are a buffer from the wind sweeping up the beach (Proverbs 18:10);  He is Living Water, bringing life and refreshment (John 7:37-39) not salty and undrinkable but refreshing;  He is Always with me, because I have the Holy Spirit in me as a Child of God (Ephesians 1:13-14);  He has a plan and purpose for me (Jeremiah 29:11).
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Little Things!

Little things in life are important. Taking time to create, make and share is often dreamt about,  but not always actioned.  Simple things like food, can make time with family and friends special. Cookidoo®: Lemon curd (TM6 - 600 g) https://cookidoo.com.au/recipes/recipe/en-AU/r556933

Check Twice, Measure Once

 Have you heard the quote, "Check twice, measure once"?  I'm told that's what woodworkers do when they are working. It's the same with planning an event.  Whether it's an event for work, community, church or family, we can use the same idea. By "checking twice" and "measuring once" we can reduce potential situations that are created because it was overlooked or note considered. So how can we "check twice"? make a list of what needs to be actioned - each job no matter how small or large; delegate to different team members if need be; make a list of items that are needed and don't just think about food but items such as tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery and even notepads and pens.  Everything you can think of.  It's easier to cross of the list than try to remember; think about who is attending (and ensure they are invited) and what their needs may be (access, parking, food allergies/intolerances; create a check list so you c

Planning and Preparation

 When you have a busy period, what's your "Go to"?   For some of us it's a list (or several), scheduling tasks, a diary (paper or digital), maybe sticky notes. I am a list person.  I make lists for all sorts of jobs.  It may be planning an event (or even a BBQ), meeting deadlines for acquittal purposes, ensuring that people are contacted for meetings, making sure that travel itineraries are submitted on time. Whatever your reason, having some form of reminder is helpful, especially in today's fast-paced; information overload world. Learning how to use technology to assist you and make life easier is a must.  Scheduling emails, texts and reminders can mean that your time is better utilised so that deadlines can be met, reports or documents reach the recipients on time. You may find that a simple list, or scheduling reminders can help free up your valuable time. A monthly planner, a few highlighters and a decent pen, plus a few minutes each week can make the differe

Be Kind. You Don't Know What Someone Else Is Going Through.

 In today's fast paced world, people can often forget that our words, tones, language and actions may either help or hurt another. Too often, we're all about us. Getting to work, completing the workload, meeting deadlines, achieving outcomes, making a profit, proving why we should have the coveted position or be in leadership. More often than not, there are those around us who are forgotten, used or ignored in our ever chasing, ever climbing to be on top of the pile. To be kind does not take a lot of effort.  However, being kind may mean having to adjust our attitude, thoughts and actions.  You don't know what someone else is going through.  Your kindness may in that moment be the factor that changes their next decision.

Tidy Workstation - Helping You Focus

How do you feel when you walk into a room that's cluttered and chaotic?  Do you feel like you can focus, or do you feel overwhelmed? A tidy workstation or office helps us to focus.  We don't become distracted by the clutter, the "I must attend to that". Simply having a clean desk, jobs sorted, drawers tidy help us to focus on the immediate task at hand. Some suggestions: a basket/box for mail in and out, clipboards for jobs in progress (alternatively you may choose folders, marked desk trays), Monthly planner (to see what is coming up and to note deadlines), current year calendar, notepad, printer paper in easily accessible drawer/shelf, pens, highlighters, rulers, etc in a tidy drawer, Important documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, certificates, etc) in a folder.  I have made one for each of my children so that they can simply collect their folder and have all the relevant documentation available easily when they need to complete Identific

Break It Down, Don't be Overwhelmed

 In your daily work life, it's easy to become overwhelmed.  Expectations are high.  Demands are constant.  People phoning, attending to the front desk (if you have a 'shop front'), everyone wants their questions they asked today answered yesterday. How do we cope? Stress is a huge factor in today's work place.  We were told that computers and going digital would make work easier; however, many can attest this is not what has happened. A few tips I'm learning: Break it down.  What has to be accomplished first? Is there a few small jobs on your list that can be done easily and quickly? Which jobs will take longer and do they need to be done today or later in the week? Plan your day.  Some people find daily planners helpful or creating tasks with deadlines.  Some may find a list for each day helpful or notes in their diary.  Whatever works best for you. List.  I am a 'lists' person.  I love lists.  Probably drives everyone around me crazy.  I love routine and p